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10 easy ways to get happy

15 March 2018

Whether you're an adult or a child, being positive and optimistic means expecting that good things are more likely to happen than bad things, so that you cope better and bounce back faster after a setback.

The opposite is thinking pessimistically: you don’t expect things to get better, so you're less likely to persevere and you find it harder to cope with any setbacks that arise.

It can be difficult for some kids to grasp the importance of staying optimistic and looking for the positives as a way of getting through their teenage years. But feeling happy and optimistic about life can really help anyone feel stronger and more hopeful about finding solutions and handling challenging situations.

10 ideas to help keep you happy

Here are 10 ways to help increase your happiness and help you enjoy the feeling. Why not try some of these together with your child.

  1. Write down 3 things that you’re grateful for.
  2. Make a playlist of positive songs and music that lift your mood.
  3. Take a walk outside and get some fresh air.
  4. Take time to smile!
  5. Let go of grudges.
  6. Take photos of the people and things that make you happy.
  7. Text a friend.
  8. Help someone out.
  9. Treat yourself to something new.
  10. Compliment yourself on one good thing you did today.

The world is full of things to help lift your mood, and to make you feel positive and happy every day. No matter what stage of life you're at, most of us just need a reminder to look around and take them in. 

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ReachOut is Australia's leading online health website for young people and their parents. Working with registered counsellors, psychologists and mental health professionals ReachOut provides online self-help tools that are used by over 1.5 million Australians each year. A valuable resource for many parents, teens and young adults.

If your child, or anyone you know is having issues with self-esteem, confidence or mental or physical health, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

This content includes the views and opinions of a third-party, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Suncorp. Information is intended to be of a general nature only and any advice has been prepared without taking into account any person's particular objectives, personal situation or needs.

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